Friday, February 15, 2013

Short Ribs...A Guy Approved Meal

Have you all had short ribs? If you haven't, I highly suggest making them. While they are rich, they are delicious and so worth the indulgence. And ladies, your man will LOVE these! However, know now that this isn't one of my normal healthy recipes, but hey it was Valentine's so it's OK to splurge!

This recipe came from Eat, Live, Run...Jenna's recipes are the best! 

These short ribs do have some upfront prep work, but then are finished in the slow cooker. The aroma from these cooking in your slow cooker all day fill your home with the best aroma!


Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs via Eat, Live, Run

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs slightly adapted from Eat, Live, Run
serves 3-4
3 ½ lbs beef chuck short ribs
2 whole shallots, minced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 ½ cups red wine of your liking
1 cup beef broth
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 ½ tbsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt, divided
1 tsp pepper, divided
Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. When hot, add the short ribs. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the ribs in the pan and brown. This will take about three to four minutes per side. You want them very nice and caramelized.
After the ribs have browned, remove from carefully and set them at the bottom of your slow cooker. Take the pan off the heat briefly to cool down, then return to medium heat and add the minced shallots and diced celery. Saute for about five minutes until tender, then add the tomato paste. Mash the tomato paste into the veggies using a rubber spatula and continue to sauté on medium heat for another four minutes.
Pour the wine and the beef broth into the skillet and stir. Add the brown sugar, a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of pepper and the flour. Stir well to get rid of any flour clumps.
Bring sauce to a boil, then to a simmer. Pour sauce right over ribs in the slow cooker. Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper on top. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on HIGH for seven to eight hours or on LOW for 11-12 hours. 
*I cooked mine on HIGH and they turned out great.
**Halving this recipe made the perfect amount for 2 and even allows you some leftovers.

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